As Rocketnews24 points out, this strange, new device can only remind us of one thing: roller coasters.
In reality, the orange bars have absolutely nothing to do with theme parks. Wuhan City, China has introduced these bars into an elementary school’s first grade classroom. Each bar is drilled into the wooden tables of school children in an effort to preserve the eyesight of the students.
“According to the headmaster of the school, the desks were provided by a local centre advocating preventative care for eyesight deterioration amongst young people,” Rocketnews24 points out.
So how does it work?
As you can see, the bar forces the child’s head back. The student cannot hunch over too closely to their desk. In this way, they are encouraged to stay a certain distance away from whatever they’re writing.
The goal is that the bar will “help prevent the development of shortsightedness, or myopia, which has been linked to focusing on things too near-at-hand for significant lengths of time.”
Additionally, the bar can be moved back and double as a prop for books to make sure the student is seated far back enough from the book while reading.
We’re not quite sure we like the idea of a giant bar of steel practically begging a child to bump his/her head on it, but we’re definitely interested to see the long-term effects of this device. What do you think?